About Tautai

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Tautai is Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus

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Tautai Director Courtney Sina Meredith waxes lyrical about our niu era

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Tautai founding patron Fatu Feu’u speaks about the growth of the Pacific arts sector

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In light of COVID-19 and the uncertain times we find ourselves within, Tautai’s beloved Oceania Internship Programme will be postponed for a future date.

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Tautai Opening

Tautai Opening a ‘Dream’ for Pacific Art Community – Ocula

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Contact Tautai

Looking to connect with us? Please do! We would love to hear from you

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Natasha Matila-Smith selected as inaugural curator for CNZ Pacific Curator Residency in Australia 2020

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Tautai Headquarters:  Tautai will reopen its doors on July 3 to a beautiful expanded space of over 500 square metres

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Tautai Director on niu era

“This is our space, this is our time and this is our opportunity.”

– Courtney Sina Meredith

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Founding Patron, Fatu Feu’u

Just as the Pacific arts sector has grown, Tautai has grown with it.

We are excited about our new gallery which will enable us to further support and serve our community.

“Nearly 40 years ago… I didn’t even think we were going to have a Tautai organisation and to have this space now – it’s just amazing.”

– Fatu Feu’u, Tautai Founding Patron

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Oceania Internships 2020

Tautai Oceania Internships

Developing future Pacific arts managers and leaders

In light of COVID-19 and the uncertain times we find ourselves within, Tautai’s beloved Oceania Internship Programme will be postponed for a future date. 

When it is safe to do so, we will reignite this initiative with an ever greater sense of purpose. Fa’afetai tele lava to all of the host organisations and potential candidates who applied to take part. We will reach out to to the sector again when the country is in good health.

Oceania Internship 2019 Tautai
Cultural Safety Workshop with Tuakana, Teina and Host Organisations, 2019.

“The Oceania Internships Programme is Tautai’s crowning jewel, now in its seventh year – our alumni continue to go from strength to strength and each year’s intake brings something special to Tautai and the wider arts sector. 

It is important to place the health and wellness of our Pacific communities at the heart of all we do so we are postponing this programme with a commitment to reactivation when it’s safe.”

Courtney Sina Meredith 

Internships are available annually to Pasifika arts practitioners across all disciplines that are keen to build their experience in arts administration.

The Internships are full-time and paid and run for 20 weeks with a national reach.

Applicants must have a tertiary qualification and/or a minimum of three years continuous experience working within the arts.

Six interns were placed throughout arts organisations in Aotearoa in 2019. Presently, all six are still working and creating within the arts in Aotearoa.

For further information on Oceania Internships please email us.
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Tautai Opening Ocula

Tautai Opening a ‘Dream’ for Pacific Art Community

The new art space on Auckland’s Karangahape Road is the culmination of a decades-long effort to support artists of Pacific heritage.

By Sam Gaskin Auckland for Ocula, 23 March 2020

Talia Smith, Surfacing (2020). Detail. Courtesy the artist and Tautai.

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown announced today, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was scheduled to launch Pacific Arts organisation Tautai’s new space in Auckland on Thursday 26 March.

That won’t happen, but the space is nevertheless a major step forward for the Pasifika arts community according to its director, Courtney Sina Meredith.

‘The establishment of a gallery specifically for contemporary Pacific artists was a dream of founding patron Fatu Feu’u and his peers when Tautai initially formed [in the 1980s]. He’s been in to see the space recently and the smile on his face said it all,’ she said.

‘This is a historic moment that marks the beginning of a new chapter for our artists and our community, but it’s also about coming full circle and honouring our founders,’ Meredith said.

She said the new Tautai would be primarily a place to share ideas and practices, but wouldn’t preclude Pasifika artists selling their work.

‘All events and activities will be free, and any purchases of work will take place directly between artists and interested buyers — Tautai will not take a commission,’ she said.

The name Tautai draws on the Samoan word for navigator, and the organisation has successfully found a way to secure six years of funding from government arts agency Creative New Zealand for their 500 square metre space on Auckland’s Karangahape Road. The building features a sculpture reminiscent of a spiky conch shell by Kiwi artist Guy Ngan, who identified as Pacific Chinese.

“Due to COVID-19 some of the activities we had planned for 2020 may need to be reimagined. Whether or not we activate more digitally this year than planned, we will be focusing solely on the art of Oceanic creatives, regardless,”

Courtney Sina Meredith

Curated by Cora-Allan Wickliffe, the space’s inaugural exhibition is entitled Moana Legacy and features works by Ahsin Ahsin, Gina Ropiha, Israel Randell, Mereani Qalovakawasa, Naawie Tutugoro, Rangituhia Hollis, Talia Smith, and a piece made collaboratively by Wickliffe and Kelly Lafaiki.

The exhibition continues until 5 June, though it is unlikely to receive many visitors in its first month. New Zealanders have been asked to stay at home for the next four weeks. – OCULA 23.03.2020

Moana Legacy Tautai
Moana Legacy, Tautai’s postponed inaugural exhibition in its new expanded space.

Written by Sam Gaskin Auckland for Ocula (source)
Published March 23, 2020

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Contact Tautai

Contact Tautai

Looking to connect? Please do! We’d love to hear from you

At Tautai we champion Pacific creativity, so if you’re an artist, researcher, curator, educator, student, writer or journalist and would like to contact Tautai, there are several ways to get in touch.

Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9–5:30pm
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10–4pm, closed weekends. Gallery is currently closed for install.

After Hours:
We frequently have activated events which often run outside office and gallery hours.
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Physical Address:
Tautai HQ and Gallery,
level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Newton,
Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand

Postal Address:
Tautai Pacific Arts Trust
PO Box 68 339, Wellesley Street West,
Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand

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Contact Tautai
Tautai HQ, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland, Aotearoa

Tautai Information
Your first port of call, if you’re not sure what you need, email Tautai Info and Zoe will send you in the right direction.
Zoe Lewis, Tautai Assistant – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 21 065 1656

Tautai Gallery
Curious about an artist or wanting information on upcoming Tautai exhibitions and activities? Email Tautai Gallery and you’ll soon hear from our gallery expert Gloriana.
Gloriana Meyers, Gallery Assistant – ddi +64 376 1665 | +64 27 688 8518

Tautai Administration
Wanting to find someone specific or book in a meeting or anything logistical? Email Tautai Admin and Danielle will help you out – she runs everything.
Danielle Meredith, Operations Manager – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 22 561 4098

Tautai Director
Interested in finding out about the future of Pacific creativity in Aotearoa? Needing an expert opinion on Oceanic expression? Email any of the above contacts first, or reach out to the Tautai Director and Courtney Sina Meredith will reply in due course.
Courtney Sina Meredith, Director – ddi +64 9 376 1665 | +64 22 532 0806

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Tautai Contact
Tautai HQ, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road

About Tautai

About Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

Over the past 30 years we have grown to become Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus.

Office Hours: Mon–Fri, 10am – 5:30pm

Tautai Lei 2020
Tautai team weaves the iconic ribbon lei, 2019

Welcome to Tautai, Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation.

Located in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand – Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to championing Pacific arts and artists. Tautai was formed in the 1980s when leading Samoan artist Fatu Feu’u and his peers came together with a shared aspiration to support and promote Pacific visual artists.

In the years since, we has grown to become Aotearoa’s premiere Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus. We bring artists and the wider Tautai aiga together through a range of events and activities locally and globally.

“Great art feeds a family for generations.”

Tautai Founding Patron, Fatu Feu’u
Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u speaks about the growth of the Pacific arts sector. 

Proudly supported by Creative New Zealand, Foundation North and Fetu Ta‘i Patrons, Tautai is able to provide unique opportunities for the Oceanic arts community. Situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD on Karangahape Road, Tautai’s newly expanded premises now includes a gallery space dedicated to showcasing the works of contemporary Pacific creatives all year round. In addition, Tautai’s full programme of activities and events include live-streamed artist talks and performances, a brand-new international strategy, workshops, internships and partnership initiatives that encourage growth in the sector.

“Tautai began with a vision to create belonging and community for Pacific artists. Fast forward to 2020 and Tautai Gallery is the fulfilment of this enduring ambition.”

Tautai Director, Courtney Sina Meredith

Tautai draws on the Samoan word for navigator and illustrates the organisation’s commitment to guiding moana arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tautai’s Board of Trustees is chaired by leading Pacific artist Lonnie Hutchinson (Ngāi Tahu, Sāmoa), she is supported in her role by fellow Trustees: Brenda Railey (Secretary), John Gandy and Stephen Tamatoa Cairns.

“Tautai is a place, a people and a purpose.” – Director, Courtney Sina Meredith 

For further information please email us.
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Director Founder Tautai 2020
Courtney Sina Meredith with Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u at First Fridays October, 2019.

Natasha Matila-Smith

Natasha Matila- Smith

APT 10 Pacific Curator in Residence 

We look forward to seeing her talents flourish across the ocean! 

Natasha Matila-Smith Tautai
Natasha Matila-Smith 2020 QAGOMA Artist in Residence

In partnership with QAGOMA and Creative New Zealand, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is pleased to announce that Natasha Matila-Smith has been selected as the inaugural curator for the Creative New Zealand Pacific Curator Residency in Australia.  

Natasha will work with QAGOMA’s Asian and Pacific Art team towards ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10), developing an artistic project of Pacific Art in Aotearoa New Zealand that will be presented as part of APT10. 

“I’m beyond excited and grateful for this opportunity. This is a pretty career defining moment for me and I will do my best to be part of delivering a thoughtful and compelling exhibition with sensitivity.

Going forward, I am hopeful that in collaborating with QAGOMA, Tautai and Creative New Zealand can create more opportunities like this for Pacific (Moana), Indigenous and First Nations creatives”


Over the past five years Matila-Smith has worked consistently across curatorial projects, writing and her creative practice to expand understandings of the complexity of contemporary Pacific life in Aotearoa.  She has developed a reputation as one of Aoeteroa New Zealand’s most unique critical voices. Throughout her practice she has challenged stereotypes and confronted expectations, presenting exhibitions that acknowledge the broader contexts for Pacific artists and art. 

Curator Natasha Matila-Smith 2019
The Market Place of Feeling’ curated by Natasha Matila-Smith at Corbans Estate Art Centre, 2019. (Artwork by Talia Smith)

Tautai’s Director, Courtney Sina Meredith said: ‘This is a ground-breaking moment for arts in Moana Oceania, we’re thrilled to be appointing Natasha Matila-Smith as the first Pacific curator to take up this opportunity. She has an important voice within our community and is someone who has worked with Tautai through the years, contributing to the shape of contemporary Pacific arts in Aotearoa and our global positioning. We look forward to working alongside our partners QAGOMA and Creative New Zealand towards APT10.’ 

QAGOMA Director, Chris Saines CMZ agreed, saying,: ‘This exciting new residency opportunity enhances the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to providing platforms for New Zealand based Pacific artists, writers and curators through the APT exhibition series. 

Natasha’s contributions to conversations about what constitutes contemporary Pacific culture could not be more relevant to the APT. She will have much to contribute as we celebrate the series 10th iteration and enter the exhibitions third decade.’  

Natasha Matila-Smith Tautai
Installation by Natasha Matila-Smith courtesy of Te Uru 2019

Source: QAGOMA Blog 
Natasha Online: Website | Instagram 

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Tautai HQ

Afio mai to the new Tautai HQ

A fresh beacon of Pasifika creativity in Auckland’s art district

Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland, Aotearoa

Official Opening of Tautai’s Gallery, Friday 3 July

With major funding secured from Creative New Zealand, the new Tautai headquarters places them alongside other key organisations such as Te Papa and Auckland Art Gallery as a platform for amplifying Pacific creativity.

When Tautai HQ reopens, it will be to a beautiful expanded space of over 500 square metres, with a myriad of new initiatives planned for the coming year. Tautai’s Director Courtney Sina Meredith says the extra space, which includes a dedicated gallery, will enable Tautai to expand on its current programmes and activities from a central location.

“We are setting up a hub in the city for Oceanic creatives where they can come and talk about their work, we have a huge gallery space for art, music, exhibitions, readings, film, performance – you name it, we can do it all here”

Courtney Sina Meredith.

The key contributing factors that make up Tautai is the work we do within education and institutional facilities, with artists, industry and our fundraising abilities. With this new expansion comes greater opportunity in all these areas.

Kiribati Association Tautai
West Auckland Kiribati Association

Artist support
If you are an artist interested in becoming part of Tautai’s creative community please follow our facebook page, which is regularly updated with new opportunities.

Tautai Oceania Internship Programme
Tautai’s treasured internship programme, now in its seventh year, is currently paused due to COVID-19.
If you are interested in becoming part of our internship programme in future either as a host organisation or an intern, please contact us via email. Check out our coverage on our 2019 internship programmes.

Tautai is a Toi Tōtara Haemata investment client, our main source of funding comes from Creative New Zealand. We also receive generous support from Foundation North and our Fetu Ta’i patrons. Tautai  work with additional networks to further strengthen the creative Pacific community. In 2020 we plan  to expand even further, connecting in with aligned Oceanic arts organisations and Pacific media to profile and uplift our arts aiga.  

Tautai Gallery
Open Mon–Fri 10–4pm | Gallery Opening Friday 3rd July, 4:30pm
Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland.
PO Box 68 339, Wellesley Street West.

“This is a new chapter for Tautai, a historical moment in which we are honouring our heritage and moving forward together”

Courtney Sina Meredith
Director Founder Tautai 2020
Director Courtney Sina Meredith with Founding Patron Fatu Feu’u at First Fridays October, 2019

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